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NCRTD Announces Memorial Day Closures

on May 22, 2019 - 8:41am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
 
The exception will be the 255 RTD Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest which will be in operation that day.
 
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.

NMDOT: Public Invited To Comment On Projects

on May 21, 2019 - 9:44am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE NMDOT strives to keep the public informed and cares about their opinions. The department’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is amended quarterly and always open for viewing on the NMDOT website.
 
The public is welcome to review the list of current and proposed road and bridge projects then post comments.
 
Kindly note, a 7th Amendment to the 2018-2023 STIP has been made and is now posted at https://estip.dot.state.nm.us. Click on the eSTIP Amendment tab to post a public comment until June 16, 2019. The NMDOT STIP Personnel will receive the

‘Click It Or Ticket’ Enforcement Begins Today

on May 20, 2019 - 5:59pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Nearly 27.5 million Americans don't buckle up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is almost the entire population of Texas.
 
In New Mexico, from 2013-2017, there were 2,284 unbelted people hurt or killed in crashes and in 2017, there were more than 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S., according to the NHTSA.
 
The New Mexico Department of Transportation and its partners want to stress to all New Mexicans: Seat belt safety is imperative.
 
"Seat belts save lives, and everyone, front

White Rock Senior Center Offers Lunchtime Rides

on May 19, 2019 - 6:45am
By BERNADETTE LAURITZAN
Executive Director
Los Alamos/White Rock Senior Centers
 
The White Rock Senior Center invites you to try our new lunchtime transportation in White Rock.
 
We can pick you up at your door at 10 a.m., serve you a wonderful lunch and return you home at 1 p.m.
 
Reservations can be made with the transportation office at 505.662.8922.
 
Free memberships are available to those 60 and over with a completed application.
 
Additional questions may be answered by calling the WRSC at 505.672.2034.
 

Cone Zone: Week Of May 20

on May 19, 2019 - 6:34am

COUNTY News:

The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements

Albuquerque Asphalt continues with minor concrete work including the placement of concrete collars around utility manholes and valves as well as isolated curb, gutter and sidewalk repair. With the project nearing completion, crews will also be addressing final punch list items and general clean-up of the work area.

Traffic Alert: Vehicle Fire ... I-25 Southbound Lane Closed Five Miles South Of Glorieta Exit

on May 18, 2019 - 10:17am

Traffic Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office reports that right lane on southbound I-25 is closed at mile marker 295 (5 miles south of the Glorieta exit) due to a vehicle fire.

Motorists are urged to USE EXTREME CAUTION and expect delays.

U.S. 84/285 Camel Rock Exit 175 Bridge Rehabilitation ... Lane Closures Begin Monday

on May 18, 2019 - 7:23am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Hasse Contracting Co. will resume work after winter suspension.
 
The contractor continues bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 175.00 Camel Rock Exit 175. The contractor will overlay the bridge. This project is scheduled to be completed mid-June; weather permitting
 
Starting Monday May 20 through Wednesday May 22, the U.S. 84/285 southbound lanes at the Camel Rock Exit 175 will be CLOSED 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be diverted to the on and off ramps during this time.
 
Thursday May 23 and

Omega Bridge Closure Date Pushed To June 7-9

on May 17, 2019 - 3:56pm
 

NNSA Project Update:

The dates pushed to June 7-9 on the Omega Bridge/East Jemez Road Work with full road closure on weekends.

The road closures for East Jemez Road that had to be canceled for last weekend (May 10-12) due to inclement weather have been rescheduled for June 7-9.

Direct questions or concerns about the project to Seproadwork@nnsa.doe.gov.

To visit the County's Road Construction page with much more information about the NMDOT N.M. 502 Roundabout and Reconstruction Project and the N3B TA-21 Clean Up Project on DP Road: link here.

Udall-Requested EPA IG Report Shows Pruitt’s Six-Figure Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars For Luxury Travel

on May 17, 2019 - 1:39pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, responded to the release of a report Udall requested from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s abuse of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary luxury travel.
 
The IG report found, among other things that: former Administrator Pruitt spent nearly $1 million on travel in just over 10 months, $124,000 of which was in

Los Alamos Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lisa Schutt Of Switzerland Presents Program On Academic Year

on May 16, 2019 - 6:35am

Youth Exchange student Lisa Schutt of Switzerland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, presented a program May 14 about her academic year at Los Alamos High School as it now comes to an end. She will return home to Maeinfeld in three weeks. Schutt said that highlights of her year here included making so many new friends in Los Alamos and through Rotary Youth Exchange activities across the state, visiting the Grand Canyon and San Diego, attending Homecoming and being on the Rotary Club float in the parade, and discovering breakfast burritos. Based upon school requirements in

Red Cross: Memorial Day Travel, Grilling Safety Tips

on May 16, 2019 - 6:31am
American Red Cross News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — This Memorial Day, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
 
“Everyone looks forward to having fun over Memorial Day and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday, Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said.
 
HIGHWAY SAFETY
 

Millions of people will be on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend. The Red Cross offers these tips everyone should do to stay safe

East Jemez Road Closure Moves To May 31-June 2

on May 14, 2019 - 8:57am

COUNTY News:

The East Jemez road work with full road closure on weekends (NNSA project) has been re-scheduled.

Instead of May 10-12, the new schedule is May 31 to June 2.

NMDOT: U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Lane Closures May 14

on May 13, 2019 - 6:46pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109) just north of Nambe.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process:

  • Tuesday May 14 – U.S. 84/285 northbound off-ramp to NM 502 will be reduced to one lane at the Pojoaque Bridge. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Wednesday May 15 – No Work Scheduled; and
  • Thursday and Friday May 16-17 – U.S.

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Rolling Thursday May 16

on May 10, 2019 - 6:46pm

Bandelier National Monument shuttles start back up Thursday for the 2019 season. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument and the parking lot in Frijoles Canyon is filling up! The wait is over ... shuttles will start back up this Thursday, May 16. 
 
The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from this May 16 through Oct 16. Starting at 9 a.m., they leave the White Rock Visitor Center every half hour on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.
 
Every run stops at

Celebrate Ride Bike To Work Day Friday May 17

on May 10, 2019 - 11:02am

Celebrate Ride A Bike To Work Day, Friday May 17, with gatherings 7-9 a.m. at Sullivan Fireld and 4-6 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

To celebrate Ride A Bike To Work Day, the community is invited to stop by Sullivan Field at the corner of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road, 7-9 a.m. Friday May 17, for drinks, snacks and giveaways.

Later that day, there will be a Community Bike Party 4-6 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Cone Zone: Week Of May 13

on May 10, 2019 - 9:57am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Public Works/Traffic Division announces the projects sheduled for the week of May 13.

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt will be paving the last section of the Cheyenne cul-de-sac and Sioux on Monday. They will be adjusting manholes and utility valves the rest of the week, and likely will continue this work into the following week. The contractor will also be conducting final clean-up of the work area.

U.S. 84/285 Buffalo Thunder Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Northbound; Southbound Lane Closures

on May 6, 2019 - 10:05am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe).

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Monday and Tuesday May 6-7 U.S. 84/285: northbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane.

Wednesday and Thursday May 8-9 – U.S. 84/285: southbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane.

Motorists can expect delays

Road Closure: US 550 And NM 528 Sunday

on May 3, 2019 - 6:28pm

The red line indicates the approximate location of the power line work. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

Town of Bernalillo / Rio Rancho – There will be intermittent road closures beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of N.M. 528 and U.S. Highway 550.

The intermittent closures are expected to persist for about 45 minutes while workers replace overhead power lines across N.M. 528 just south of U.S. 550. Drivers are asked to use caution, expect delays, and seek alternate routes.

Cone Zone: Week Of May 6

on May 3, 2019 - 4:48pm

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division Projects:

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt is continuing work to mill and overlay the roadway. They will be working to correct subgrade issues Saturday, May 4 and will finish paving early next week.

Concrete work will resume the week of May 13 and be ongoing throughout the development that week to place concrete collars on manholes and utility valves, along with minor road work.

Traffic Alert: Rover Boulevard Southbound Right Lane Closure Near Del Norte Credit Union Thursday

on May 1, 2019 - 12:38pm

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets division will be working on Rover Boulevard Thursday, May 2 in White Rock to repair a cut in the road.

The cut was caused by an emergency water line break that occurred a few weeks back.

The lane closure will occur in the southbound right lane next to Del Norte Credit Union. Crews will begin setting up traffic control at 8 a.m. and should complete the project by noon.

Caution: Keep a safe distance from the crew and follow all traffic control devices for your safety and those working this project.

Direct questions to 505.663.8113.

NMDOT: Cinco de Mayo Super Blitz Begins Monday

on April 28, 2019 - 11:53am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) reports there were 125 alcohol-involved crash fatalities in New Mexico last year.

“New Mexico is making progress to stop drunk driving, but everyone has to take it seriously. One death on our roadways is one too many,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Mike Sandoval said. “We’re better than that. We have a responsibility to change the destructive behaviors generation after generation of New Mexican’s continue to repeat. Driving drunk is never acceptable.”

New Mexico passed its first drunk driving law in 1913, but by 1982, there were

NCRTD Joins Forces With Transit Systems Nationwide

on April 28, 2019 - 10:19am
Town of Taos Mayor and NCRTD Chair Daniel Barrone drives the RTD 340 Chile Line Red route through Taos greeting and surprising riders on the Blue Bus. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
NCRTD News:
 
Today the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has joined with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in Get on Board for Public Transit Day.
 
To help celebrate, Town of Taos Mayor and NCRTD Chair Daniel Barrone got behind the wheel and drove the RTD 340 Chile Line Red route through Taos greeting and surprising riders on the Blue Bus.
 
“We want to

U.S. 84/285 Buffalo Thunder Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Weekend Lane Closures April 27-28

on April 27, 2019 - 8:24am
NMDOT News:
 
New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe.
 
The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.
 
This Weekend, April 27-28, U.S. 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect delays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is an 11’ width restriction.

 

Cutler Repaving, Inc.

Scene Of Vehicle Accident On Main Hill Road

on April 26, 2019 - 10:58am

Scene of a vehicle accident at 8 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Arianna Maldonado

Scene of a vehicle accident today on the Main Hill Road. The wrecked vehicle is moved out of the way at about at 8:40 a.m. and traffic is flowing smoothly. Photo by Arianna Maldonado

Cone Zone: Week Of April 29

on April 26, 2019 - 10:03am

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt began milling operations last week and will be milling on Saturday, April 27. Paving operations are underway throughout the village, with work estimated to be finished no later than Saturday, May 4, weather permitting. The remaining milling work will be completed Wednesday through Friday. To clear the streets for this work, residents are asked to please remove all vehicles from their street during work activities 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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